Dental implants have quickly become the favored method for replacing damaged or missing teeth. In fact, it’s estimated that across the U.S. some 2,000 teeth are replaced with implants every weekday.
Dr. Farole has restored the smiles of thousands of patients in the Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey area through the skilled use of dental implants. When implants are used to replace a highly visible front tooth, the improvement makes an even greater difference in the patient’s life.
A great deal of artistry goes into ensuring that a prosthetic tooth looks natural. Making sure replacement teeth are exactly the right size, shape and shade is crucially important.
Achieving long-lasting strength, attractive appearance, and gum tissue health are the challenges that implant dentists face regularly. Here are some of the factors that Dr. Farole takes into account when planning a dental implant, especially in a highly visible area.
Getting ready for your Dental Implant
There are several stages in the implant process. First, if decayed or damaged teeth are still present, they must be removed before your implants can be placed. Extraction is generally performed under local anesthesia. The tooth is gently manipulated until it becomes loose enough to remove.
When extraction is performed first, the goal is to remove the tooth with as little disturbance to the bony socket or surrounding gum tissue as possible. If done successfully, it is often possible for the implant — a small, threaded, screw-shaped post, the size of a tooth’s root — to be placed in the socket immediately after the bad tooth is extracted.
All In One Step: Advantages of doing an Immediate Implant
Immediate implant placement can be desirable for several reasons: It means less overall treatment time and it leads to a quicker result for you. This makes a huge difference when the tooth in question is front-and-center, visible to everyone.
Traditionally, a newly placed implant is left undisturbed for several weeks without any further treatment. The waiting period gives the implant time to fuse with the bone, a process known as Osseointegration. However, in some cases you may be able to receive a temporary crown, or replacement tooth, on the same day as your bad tooth is extracted and the implant is placed.
Which type of treatment is best for you? Your implant team will have specific recommendations based on your individual situation.
In general, if you have thinner gum or bone tissue, you may want to consider a multi-step approach, giving the implant extra time to fuse with the bone and for gum tissues to heal. The same is true if you have a gum line that appears uneven across your smile. The slower approach is also recommended if you will have trouble eating soft foods for a period of time while the area heals.
But in some cases, immediate tooth replacement is a good option, particularly when your extraction is done with minimal trauma and images of your mouth show that minimally invasive implant placement is possible.
If your smile is being compromised by a tooth that urgently needs replacement, Dr. Farole can help. Reach out to the staff in our Bala Cynwyd office today for more information about dental implants to improve your appearance and your overall dental health.